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Likelihood to Recommend

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence is more suited to organizations which are already using SAS as the primary software for their analytics needs. Learning curve is relatively shorter for teams already skilled in BASE SAS. For organizations already working with open source software like Julia and Python, it doesn't make much sense to use SAS BI.
Raman Ahuja | TrustRadius Reviewer

TIBCO Spotfire

Spotfire is a more capable analytics tool than Tableau or PowerBI, for example. It makes analysis accessible to non-analytics users and augments Excel well. It also blends data very well. The learning curve is a little steeper but otherwise it best suited for analytics professionals looking to provide visualizations to their work.
Jim Putnam | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

BI Standard Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
8.3
TIBCO Spotfire
7.6
Pixel Perfect reports
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
6.7
Customizable dashboards
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.6
Report Formatting Templates
SAS Business Intelligence
8.9
TIBCO Spotfire
7.4

Ad-hoc Reporting

SAS Business Intelligence
8.5
TIBCO Spotfire
8.1
Drill-down analysis
SAS Business Intelligence
8.9
TIBCO Spotfire
8.9
Formatting capabilities
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
TIBCO Spotfire
7.2
Integration with R or other statistical packages
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.1
Report sharing and collaboration
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.1

Report Output and Scheduling

SAS Business Intelligence
8.4
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Publish to Web
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.5
Publish to PDF
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Report Versioning
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.0
Report Delivery Scheduling
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.1
Delivery to Remote Servers
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire

Data Discovery and Visualization

SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.1
Pre-built visualization formats (heatmaps, scatter plots etc.)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4
Location Analytics / Geographic Visualization
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4
Predictive Analytics
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
7.6

Access Control and Security

SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.5
Multi-User Support (named login)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4
Role-Based Security Model
SAS Business Intelligence
7.1
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Multiple Access Permission Levels (Create, Read, Delete)
SAS Business Intelligence
9.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.7
Single Sign-On (SSO)
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire

Mobile Capabilities

SAS Business Intelligence
7.5
TIBCO Spotfire
7.8
Responsive Design for Web Access
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.6
Dedicated iOS Application
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
Dedicated Android Application
SAS Business Intelligence
7.0
TIBCO Spotfire
6.0
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3

Application Program Interfaces (APIs) / Embedding

SAS Business Intelligence
7.4
TIBCO Spotfire
8.3
REST API
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.1
Javascript API
SAS Business Intelligence
6.1
TIBCO Spotfire
8.6
iFrames
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.4
Java API
SAS Business Intelligence
8.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Themeable User Interface (UI)
SAS Business Intelligence
10.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.2
Customizable Platform (Open Source)
SAS Business Intelligence
6.0
TIBCO Spotfire
8.5

Pros

SAS Business Intelligence

  • SAS BI makes it very easy to create interactive dashboards even for someone who is not from an IT background. For some specific requirements, basic knowledge of SQL is good enough.
  • A lot of functions have been predefined which makes it very convenient to create dashboards and reports. One doesn't need to be from an IT or a programming background to understand and create dashboards.
  • It supports other programming languages like R and also has a seamless API integration with various data management platforms.
Tapan Jain | TrustRadius Reviewer

TIBCO Spotfire

  • Functional dashboards which can be understood quickly by those who use them
  • Great visualizations for disparate data sets
  • Ease of integration of multiple data sets into one consolidated data table
  • Linking of standalone data tables with data pulled from an API link through information links
Thomas Plumridge P.Geo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

SAS Business Intelligence

  • There will be a steep learning curve for individuals transitioning from BASE SAS to SAS BI. Our department was filled with experienced SAS programmers, but that did little to prepare us for the challenges of SAS BI. Training will be a must.
  • It is possible, but extremely difficult to customize the web-based portions of SAS BI, like the Information Delivery Portal or Web Report Studio. Having an out-of-the box solution is great to get up and coming quickly, but customizing the look and feel for the web-based users will require some previous web design skills.
  • In order to fully appreciate the features of SAS BI, you absolutely need someone on your team with a background in platform administration, security, web design or some other basic IT skills. Alternatively, you may just need strong support from your IT department. Simply having a group of individuals experienced in BASE SAS will not cut it.
Nicole Jagusztyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

TIBCO Spotfire

  • They should have a lower price point for users to access the analyst version who don't require advanced capabilities. For example, a lower price if users just need to do some basic slicing and dicing with their data and not have to the data science functionality (ie. K-means clustering, regression modeling, classification modeling, etc.).
  • Currently, you can't change the font type/color on the axis, which I'm sure will eventually be available in the future as they have a Tibco Ideas portal that they're fairly responsive to and act on. I guess at the end of the day, it's about the data and what insights you get from it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 9.3
Based on 3 answers
There is no other product that can match SAS. There are some products that can compare to ETL but lack the analytics that SAS has. Others can perform a limited set of analytical procedures but lack the data processing that comes with SAS. Using thin client allows users to access data whenever they have an internet connection.
Erik Larsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 8.1
Based on 27 answers
-Easy to distribute information throughout the enterprise using the webplayer.-Ad hoc analysis is possible throughout the enterprise using business author in the webplayer or the thick client.-Low level of support needed by IT team. Access interfaces with LDAP and numerous other authentication methods.-Possible to continually extend the platform with JavaScript, R scripts, HTML, and custom extensions.-Ability to standardize data logic through pre-built queries in the Information Designer. Everyone in the enterprise is using the same logic-Tagging and bookmarking data allows for quick sharing of insights.-Integration with numerous data sources... flat files, data bases, big data, images, etc.-Much improved mapping capability. Also includes the ability to apply data points over any image.
Brent Meyers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 7.5
Based on 2 answers
SAS has better reporting and analytical features in comparison to other tools in market and is a market leader in analytics.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 8.5
Based on 25 answers
Basic tasks like generating meaningful information from large sets of raw data are very easy. The next step of linking to multiple live data sources and linking those tables and performing on the fly analysis of the imported data is understandably more difficult.
Brock Robertson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 7.6
Based on 16 answers
Even though, it's a rather stable and predictable tool that's also fast, it does have some bugs and inconsistencies that shut down the system. Depending on the details, it could happen as often as 2-3 times a week, especially during the development period.
Alex Naumov | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 7.6
Based on 16 answers
Generally, the Spotfire client runs with very good performance. There are factors that could affect performance, but normally has to do with loading large analysis files from the library if the database is located some distance away and your global network is not optimal. Once you have your data table(s) loaded in the client application, usually the application is quite good performance-wise.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence 9.0
Based on 3 answers
I didn't have a lot of experience with SAS BI support teams apart from one interaction. I was able to reach out to local support team via email and got a prompt response where they helped me resolve the issue I was facing on the next day. The team was knowledgeable and they resolved it to my satisfaction. But it made me wonder what if it would have been [if it were] a critical issue and I need[ed] support on an urgent basis. Since a dedicated resource and after office hours support was not there, it made me a little uncomfortable.
Raman Ahuja | TrustRadius Reviewer

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 8.4
Based on 28 answers
Support has been helpful with issues. Support seems to know their product and its capabilities. It would also seem that they have a good sense of the context of the problem; where we are going with this issue and what we want the end outcome to be.
Tim Daciuk | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 7.7
Based on 52 answers
The instructor was very in depth and provided relevant training to business users on how to create visualizations. They showed us how to alter settings and filter views, and provided resources for future questions.However, the instructor failed to cover data sources, connecting to data, etc. While it was helpful to see how users can use the data to create reports, they failed to properly instruct us on how to get the dataset in to begin with. We are still trying to figure out connections to certain databases (we have multiple different types).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 7.9
Based on 54 answers
The online training is good, provides a good base of knowledge. The video demonstrations were well-done and easy to follow along. Provided exercises are good as well, but I think there could be more challenging exercises. The training has also gone up in price significantly in the last 3 years (in USD, which hurts us even more in Canada), and I'm not sure it is worth the money it now costs (it is worth how much it cost 3 years ago, but not double that.)
Emilie Wheeler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 5.7
Based on 18 answers
The original architecture I created for our implementation had only a particular set of internal business units in mind. Over the years, Spotfire gained in popularity in our company and was being utilized across many more business units. Soon, its usage went beyond what the original architectural implementation could provide. We've since learned about how the product is used by the different teams and are currently in the middle of rolling out a new architecture.I suggest:
  • Have clearly defined service level agreements with all the teams that will use Spotfire. Your business intelligence group might only need availability during normal working hours, but your production support group might need 24/7 availability. If these groups share one Spotfire server, maintenance of that server might be a problem.
  • Know the different types of data you will be working with. One group might be working with "public" data while another group might work with sensitive data. Design your Library accordingly and with the proper permissions.
  • Know the roles of the users of Spotfire. Will there only be a small set of report writers or does everyone have write access to the Library?
  • ALWAYS add a timestamp prompt to your reports. You don't want multiple users opening a report that will try and pull down millions of rows of data to their local workstations. Another option, of course, is to just hard code a time range in the backing database view (i.e. where activity_date >= sysdate - 90, etc.), but I'd rather educate/train the user base if possible.
  • This probably goes without saying, but if possible, point to a separate reporting database or a logical standby database. You don't want the company pounding on your primaries and take down your order system.
Michael Soliman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

SAS Business Intelligence

SAS Business Intelligence is not the cream of the crop for business intelligence applications, but it is not far behind. The software is generally easier to apply than most other business intelligence software. Additionally, SAS Business Intelligence runs smoothly in the background when making real-time updates. With that said, the software is not as efficient of many of the other business intelligence software applications that have been on the market for longer than this one.
Thomas Young | TrustRadius Reviewer

TIBCO Spotfire

The only other tool we use in my course is Tableau. Tableau is very popular regionally (Omaha, NE), runs locally on Mac and PC, is free for students and faculty, and has a web outlet for sharing. It also plays well with AWS. For these reasons, we use it as the primary visualization tool in the course. As I mentioned earlier, we use [TIBCO] Spotfire as an example of another tool that is popular and excellent. I have found that Spotfire is easier for them to use for many tasks, such as quickly building a visual, adjusting variables and data, and synchronizing charts.
Cindy Corritore | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

SAS Business Intelligence

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

TIBCO Spotfire

TIBCO Spotfire 7.3
Based on 4 answers
In an enterprise architecture, if Spotfire Advanced Data services(Composite Studio),data marts can be managed optimally and scalability in a data perspective is great. As the web player/consumer is directly proportional to RAM, if the enterprise can handle RAM requirement accomodating fail over mechanisms appropraitely, it is definitely scalable,
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

SAS Business Intelligence

  • Positive Impact: better customer service. We have been able to deliver reports that will help multiple employees and implement any feedback they have on those reports quickly.
  • Positive Impact: increased inter-departmental discussions. We have long had a problem working in silos. Now we are pulling data from multiple departments into one report, and it becomes easy to see how what one department is doing in affecting another. We had a meeting to discuss a preliminary report on course scheduling efficiency. It included data from our Facilities folks and our academic Deans. Once we put the numbers up on the screen, there spawned a helpful discussion about how what one department can do to help another.
  • Positive Impact: organizational transparency. For the first time, our users are exposed to a wealth of data about themselves and other areas of the college. It is starting to make some question the way we do business, and if there is a better way.
Nicole Jagusztyn | TrustRadius Reviewer

TIBCO Spotfire

  • For me Spotfire is a huge time saver. I can build the pivot table I need to quickly answer questions here faster and with more confidence than anything else I have seen.
  • The ability to see data in new and creative visualisations instead of just plain tables, allows for better decisions, and cleaner data (you see the mistakes so much easier).
Jonathan Tucker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

SAS Business Intelligence

Pricing Details

SAS Business Intelligence

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SAS Business Intelligence Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

TIBCO Spotfire

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

TIBCO Spotfire Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
TIBCO Spotfire PlatformPlease contact TIBCO sales
    SaaS Edition
    TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Analyst$125/mo, $1250/yr1
    TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Business Author$65/mo, $650/yr1
    TIBCO Spotfire for Amazon Web Services$0.992
    TIBCO Spotfire Cloud EnterprisePlease contact TIBCO sales
    TIBCO Cloud Spotfire - Consumer$25/mo, $250/yr4
    1. Per Seat
    2. Per Hour (Starting)
    3. Per Seat
    Additional Pricing Details
    For Enterprise engagements, please contact TIBCO directly for a custom price quote.

    Rating Summary

    Likelihood to Recommend

    SAS Business Intelligence
    8.7
    TIBCO Spotfire
    8.9

    Likelihood to Renew

    SAS Business Intelligence
    9.3
    TIBCO Spotfire
    8.1

    Usability

    SAS Business Intelligence
    7.5
    TIBCO Spotfire
    8.5

    Reliability and Availability

    SAS Business Intelligence
    TIBCO Spotfire
    7.6

    Performance

    SAS Business Intelligence
    TIBCO Spotfire
    7.6

    Support Rating

    SAS Business Intelligence
    9.0
    TIBCO Spotfire
    8.4

    In-Person Training

    SAS Business Intelligence
    TIBCO Spotfire
    7.7

    Online Training

    SAS Business Intelligence
    TIBCO Spotfire
    7.9

    Implementation Rating

    SAS Business Intelligence
    TIBCO Spotfire
    5.7

    Scalability

    SAS Business Intelligence
    TIBCO Spotfire
    7.3

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